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HTC EVO Shift 4G Is the HTC Knight, A Smaller EVO 4G With a QWERTY; Nexus S Has a Curved Display

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There are a few rumours going around regarding two big smartphones that will be hitting the market. The first one is pictured above and it's the HTC Knight / Speedy which is reportedly the HTC EVO Shift 4G. This one is said to feature a body a bit smaller than the EVO 4G but it'll reportedly feature a larger battery along with a (four-row) slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

The other handset is regarding the Samsung-built Nexus S. This reportedly has a curved display which apparently has a curved display which is said to improve usability. I don't really know how that works, but that's what their research says. Apparently this was supposed to be hitting Sprint but Samsung was unable to meet the shipment requirements that they agreed on.

Picture Source: xda-developers

Cellebrite Says the HTC Merge Is Hitting Verizon Soon, Possibly On November 18th

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Apparently, Verizon is gearing up to launch the Android-based and QWERTY-packing HTC Merge. Yes, it has just been spotted in the Cellebrite system. The latest word on the street is that this smartphone will be launching on November 18th, which is just two days away. That day is also when the Samsung Continuum will reportedly be launching. The Merge will be launching with the Sense UI so that's a love or hate relationship there.

[Android Guys]

SaskTel Releases the BlackBerry Bold 9780 For $100 On a 3-Year

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It looks like another carrier in Canada has just brought up the BlackBerry Bold 9780. Yes, SaskTel has just released it for $100 on a 3-year contract, $400 on a 2-year contract, $500 on a 1-year contract, and $570 contract-free. The 3-year price is one of the best deals out there right now while the contract-free price is quite expensive. The Bold 9780 features a 2.4-inch display, a 5MP AF camera with an LED flash, WiFi support, a microSD card slot, and OS 6.0 along with the Webkit browser. Check it out on SaskTel.

[Mobile Syrup]

More Specs For the SE XPERIA X12 (Anzu) Smartphone Leak

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New specs for the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X12 or the Anzu has reportedly leaked out from a trusted source over at The Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog. The spec sheet is below and the good news is that they're quite similar to what we heard when it first surfaced. This should be launching sometime in 2011, which might be a little bit late for single-core 1GHz CPU smartphones to be launching.

MSM7230 processor
8.1 MP AF with Exmor R (16x Digital Zoom, HD Video recording (720p/30fps) w stereo audio recording support, Pulsed LED, Face Recognition & Tracking in video recording)
Built-in 3.5mm (w/ adaptor)
Noise Suppression
4.2” FWVGA (854×480) Capacitive display (X.LED multi-touch display, Capacitive multi-touch, 16 Million display color)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
HDMI (type D)
Size (125.0 x 62.5 x 8.7-10.9 mm)
Battery: 1500 mA
OS: Android Gingerbread

[Android Guys, The Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog]

Dell Inspiron Duo Could Be Available On November 23rd

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There's a new rumour going around that Dell's Inspiron Duo tablet / netbook hybrid could hit the market as soon as next week. CNET's sources have mentioned that this will be on sale on November 23rd, but the price is still unknown. The Inspiron Duo was first shown off at IDF 2010 earlier this year and it wow'd the audience with its unique design. If the price is right, this could actually find its way in a few homes this Christmas.

[Slash Gear]

4-Inch LG Android Smartphone Leaks With 8MP Camera, 1080p HD Recording, and Tegra 2; Set To Launch In 2011

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LG isn't known to be a smartphone powerhouse at this very moment but they could actually change that in 2011 - starting with this handset. Engadget has just picked up this photo of a new Optimus smartphone (codenamed the Star) that will be LG's upcoming Android phone. Apparently, this one will feature a 4-inch display, Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset, an 8MP camera with 1080p HD video recording, a front-facing camera, a microSD card slot, a 1,500mAh battery, and a "nearly untouched" version of the Android OS. This is all looking great right now so let's really hope that LG can deliver this one in early 2011.